As a joint project between Subaru engineers and the rally-bred mad scientists at Prodrive, the UK300 was created to celebrate the rally success the Impreza had found in the UK over the previous years, and featured styling work carried out by Peter Stevens who designed the famous McLaren F1 and Subaru WRC rally car. The “300” denotes the total number of units produced.
Chris Amos recently got up close and personal with the Prodrive Subaru rally car – a two door race-spec Impreza boasting 280 horsepower, a five speed manual gearbox, speed-sensitive rack and pinion power steering, and a curb weight of just 2858 pounds. While the Prodrive Impreza with hit 60 mph from a standstill in 4.8 seconds and reach a 155mph top speed, to get a real sense of what the Impreza P1 is all about, we needed to experience the car in rally-like conditions.
When we drove the new 2015 Subaru WRX, we were enamored with its pugnacious 2.0-liter turbocharged boxer engine, uprated interior, great steering and exemplary handling. We were, however, less than enthused to hear that the 5-door hatchback version of the WRX had been given the ax. Turns out we weren’t alone.
The limited-edition Subaru Impreza 22B-STi is remembered as one of the most iconic Japanese sports cars of the 1990s. Although it boasts a menacing look and is packed to the brim with race-derived technology, it owes its existence to the homely Leone and Subaru’s aspiration to take on big names in the ruthless world of rallying.
This week we have a Subaru Impreza 22b in the Showroom decked out in competition-ready form. It comes with everything you’ll need to go racing aside from the notable exception of a powerplant and an ECU to control it, which you’ll have to provide. Whether you’re interested in Rally America, Grand AM, hill climb events, or even drifting, this Subaru is a jack of all trades.
For 2013, though, the Elantra Touring has been replaced by this, the Elantra GT. Right off the bat, though, we were skeptical of this new body style. While the old Touring was a dedicated wagon, the Elantra GT is technically a five-door hatch, and it loses cargo volume accordingly. It’s down from a maximum 65.3 cubic feet to 51 cubic feet, although with the second row up, there’s less of a sacrifice, only 1.3 cubic feet is lost (23 cubic feet versus 24.3 in the old model). Overall interior volume is down from 125.5 to 119 cubic feet.
The cornering grip and transitioning from side to side are pretty good, but the steering feel just isn’t really there. 2.0-liter engine feels overwhelmed, although the manual gearbox is actually pretty nice to use. That rings true for the rest of the cabin, with its supportive seats and driving position.
Today, we’ll be doing the same thing. Instead of sports sedans though, we’ll be covering a niche of the small car market. Although cars like the Ford Focus, Chevrolet Cruze, Kia Forte, and Hyundai Elantra cover a large portion of the market, there are certainly buyers that need something a bit more capable.
John Beltz Snyder first tested the redesigned 2012 Subaru Impreza in both sedan and hatch form way back in October of 2011. Since then, we’ve had a chance to test the sedan version over the course of a week, passing it between staffers.
This is a huge improvement over the old Impreza. The exterior appearance, an admittedly subjective area, looks good and doesn’t give the impression that this is the smallest car in the Subaru range. Frankly, we think it’s remained remarkably true to the concept that preceded, and is considerably better looking than the last-generation Subie.
The night before we were to drive it, Subaru gave us a presentation on the new Impreza, detailing what made this vehicle a better machine than the generation before it, as well as giving us a chance to finally meet the vehicle in person. The 2012 model ditches the 2.5-liter engine for a new 2.0-liter boxer four, providing 148 horsepower and 145 pound-feet of torque. This allows for a significant increase in fuel economy (27 city, 36 highway mpg for cars equipped with the continuously variable transmission), without sacrificing speed. In fact, the new Impreza is capable of hitting 60 miles per hour from a standstill in under 10 seconds—not amazing, but better than before.
Subaru claims the redesigned Impreza can get 36 miles per gallon on the freeway and 27 city, while still hauling around the weight of its trademark Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive. According to Subaru, that makes this the most fuel-efficient all-wheel-drive car on the market (expect to hear that quite a lot over the coming months).
Subaru will be bringing its all-new 2012 Impreza to the New York International Auto Show later this month. So far, the company is mostly keeping mum about the details, but they have told us that it will deliver 36 miles per gallon fuel economy, which would make it the best in the US for an all-wheel-drive car.
Subaru debuted its new “Confidence In Motion” design language at the LA Auto Show today. The new concept is an indication of the automakers future brand strategy. The four-door coupe follows Subaru tradition, offering the automaker’s trademark Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive and a 2.0-liter Boxer-four engine based off of the 2011 Forester’s 2.5-liter engine. Power goes to the wheels through a continuously variable transmission.
It was announced today that Subaru and lead driver of almost five seasons, Travis Pastrana, have decided to go their separate ways. Thus ends a relationship that has brought countless victories to the Subaru Rally Team including earning four consecutive Rally America National Championship titles from 2006 until 2009 while commanding the Subaru Impreza WRX STI.
This Subaru left me in a bit of an odd place. I have very little experience with the WRX (or its big brother, the STI), but a ton of experience in Mitsubishi’s Lancer Ralliart and Evo. After a few days behind the wheel, I was truly impressed with the value that the WRX represented, especially compared to the more expensive Ralliart.
In the ultra-competitive world of the small car, the Subaru Impreza seems to struggle. It doesn’t have the standout looks or better driving dynamics of cars like the Mazda3, or the Honda Civic. It is, however, one of the only cars available for under $20,000 that offers standard all-wheel drive. While this gives the Impreza a bit of an advantage on the competition, I don’t find it enough to make it a really worthwhile buy.
With its last installment released over five years ago, to say that Gran Turismo 5 has been long awaited is a bit of an under statement. The original Gran Turismo was one of the first console-based games to bring production car racing to the home, and helped create legends out of cars like the Nissan Skyline GT-R, Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution, and Subaru Impreza WRX.
In the gorgeous heights of Aspen, Colorado, we listened as the Subaru folks dished the details on the 2011 Subaru Impreza WRX and WRX STI. Our introduction to the updated WRX and STI covered a lot of the improvements to the vehicles, both dynamic and aesthetic, many of which will not seem unfamiliar to you if you’ve been following headlines and auto show coverage.